When a Child is Born (Soleado) is a very popular and intensely covered Christmas song. The original melody was Soleado, a melody from 1972 by Ciro Dammicco (alias Zacar), composer for the Italian group Daniel Santecruz Ensemble. The English language lyrics were written later by Fred Jay. Although the song is sung as a Christmas standard, it does not actually make any specific mention of Christmas in its lyrics. However, the importance attached to looking forward to the birth of one particular child somewhere, anywhere, in the world lends itself to an association with the birth of Jesus Christ, and the reference in the lyrics to « a tiny star » which « lights up way up high » could seem to be an allusion to the Star of Bethlehem.
The most successful version of the song is probably the Jack Gold produced version for Johnny Mathis. Entitled « When A Child Is Born (Soleado) » with B-side as « Every Time You Touch Me (I Get High) », it became Johnny Mathis’ sole number one single in the UK, spending three weeks at the top of the chart in December 1976 and selling 850,000 copies.
When a child is born (petite dédicace à une amie qui vient d’accoucher ce jour au Qatar):